The consequences of drug use: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Martin Plant, Roy Robertson, Moira Plant and Patrick Miller

in Drug Nation

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Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199544790
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754609 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

The consequences of drug use: the good, the bad, and the ugly

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This chapter reviews recent evidence on the extent and patterns of both the positive effects (such as enjoyment and allied social and psychological benefits) and the negative effects of illicit drug use among people in the UK. Negative effects include drug-related crimes, accidents, overdoses, injuries, illness (e.g. hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, drug dependence, and psychiatric illness), and premature mortality. The latter particularly involves young people. This chapter also presents new evidence from the 2007 European School Survey Project on Alcohol and other Drugs (ESPAD 2007; noted above) related to the consequences of drug use among UK teenagers.

Chapter.  6279 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psychiatry ; Pharmacology ; Addiction Medicine

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